Welcome to my Community Immigration Law Office

law191.org - the San Rafael (and now also Oakland) immigration law offices of - provides immigration legal services for everyone, with low non-profit level fees and a focus on preventative care. And solving problems early.

Bay Area Immigration Lawyer

You can visit the office either in downtown San Rafael, or in Oakland, near Jack London Square. Bienvenue. Bienvenida. Bem-vindo.

Citizenship Help $200
Family/Marriage Green Cards and Fiance Visas $450
DACA Help $150
Consult $50



You don't have to be in the Bay Area to get help. Wherever you are in the world, the internet means you are close.

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Andrew Bartlett Esq.

930 Irwin St
Ste 218
San Rafael
CA 94901
(415) 234-0191

318 Harrison St
Ste 102
CA 94607
(510) 470-6191


My practice is built on three principles: low fees, good advice and teamwork.

Evening and weekend appontments are available so you don't have to take time off work.

Come in for a consultation

or schedule a Skype consult. I can work with you, wherever you are.

This consultation is NOT designed to sign you up.

You need to understand your situation, and make good decisions going forward.

Two things happen in the consultation - I listen to your whole story (and ask some questions you may not think relevant). And then I tell you as much as I can about how immigration law affects you. I charge $50. And if you decide you want my help going forward, this is rolled into the cost.

help@law191.org    and Ask Me Anything.

Here is my California State Bar record. Here is more about me, and here are some reviews on Google+, Yelp and Avvo.

I am also the volunteer immigration attorney at a local nonprofit. I think their fees are fair and affordable so I keep my fees the same as theirs.

What Immigration Help?
(and how much)


[$200] I check that it is really safe for you to apply to become a US citizen, help with the N-400 naturalization form, include an attorney G-28 so I can be with you through the process, and give you a "mock interview" close to the time to make sure you are ready. I recently naturalized, so I know first-hand about the experience.

Whatever you decide, please consult with a lawyer before applying. The first part of the immigration officer's analysis of your application is whether there were any problems or issues when you received your green card, and whether anything that has happened since mean you should be going to Immigration Court and not to an Oath Ceremony.

Family/Marriage Green Cards

[$450] For Family or Marriage I-485 Adjustment of Status or an I-129F fiance visa or I-751 lifting of conditions, we prepare a full packet with good evidence giving the service exactly what they need from you. And guide you through a stressful time.

For consular processing we go step by step. And I will be with you through the stress of the process, as the attorney of record. Of course "no extra fee for an RFE."

Here is our Marriage Adjustment of Status checklist

Immigration Benefits

Many issues can be resolved in a single $50 consultation.

Otherwise, for smaller tasks - I-130 family relative petitions, I-131 advance and humanitarian parole and re-entry permits, and more my fee is $150. For complicated work, I use the hourly rate with an agreed cap. No large fixed fees.


[$100 renewal/$150 initial] One benefit of also working in a nonprofit is that I do many DACA applications. We work together and get it right, however long it takes to prepare a complete packet. So, even if you have attended workshops and think the process is too much, please think again.

I also welcome "health check" consultations with undocumented people to make sure you stay safe

And we are all waiting for the courts to finish with DAPA.


[$450] If I can help, I will. Victims of crime don't need the added stress of an immigration crisis. Because these cases require intensive effort, I only accept a few at any time.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

[$250] Your criminal defense attorney or the public defender is welcome to contact me for a written analysis of your case and whether a plea deal or the likely outcome is safe or puts you at risk of removal.

Plea deals are usually designed for citizens. And the DA is not interested in your immigration status. Never accept a deal without taking advice on the immigration consequences of the conviction.

The J-1 Visa

The state department's J-1 exchange program works through agencies. But whether you are looking to spend time here either as an au-pair or through your profession, or you are trying to decide how to move to the next step once the program is over, my input can help.

F-1 Students and OPT

The F-1/OPT path can go very well, but it can also go disastrously wrong. Don't confide in your international student advisor. Confide, and discuss your plans and your issues only with a lawyer who will keep the confidence and work in your best interest, not the school's/

Business Immigration

I came to the US through the business route. And I understand that you often need more advice than you can get from an emmployer's attorney.

Also entrepreneurs (and students with dreams) find it very useful to discuss their plans and get a reality check about their concerns. Often this can take just a single consultation.

Check to see if your country has an investment or trade treaty with the US.

Where's the office?

930 Irwin Street, Suite 218
San Rafael, CA 94901
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I see new clients Weekdays, 9 to 6. Please call first. And Saturdays by appointment.
If you need to see me at another time, I will try to arrange something - particularly if it means you don't have to take time off work.

San Rafael has wonderful links with the rest of the Bay Area - connected to the east bay through the Richmond Bridge, San Francisco and the south bay via the golden gate bridge. And even Sacramento and Vallejo via route 37.

Here are detailed directions to the office from Sam Francisco, Oakland and the East Bay, the Peninsula, the South Bay and San Jose, and north from Vallejo, Davis and Sacramento

But if that is too far...

From 10/1, our second office is literally at the center of the Bay Area, if not the Universe.

Minutes from the Bay Bridge, one block from I-880, a couple of blocks from Amtrak at Jack London Square, and 10 minutes walk from Lake Merrit BART (15 from downtown). 4 hour parking slots open up regularly.

The Oakland Office

The office is by appointment only, but same-day appointments are possible. Also every other Saturday.

318 Harrison St, Suite 102
Oakland, CA 94607

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And if that is still too far...

A Bay Area Immigration Lawyer can give Immigration Advice Worldwide

Most people come to the office. But if you are too far away to visit, much can be done remotely through phone/Skype, email and other internet communications. I cannot attend an interview with you, but most other tasks are possible.

Immigration is Federal Law. That means you can get advice from any immigration lawyer who is licensed in the United States. I give consultations over Skype to clients across the United States and beyond. From Europe through the Middle East to Hong Kong.

My fees are the same for distance clients as for people who come to my office. I recommend you only request a $50 consultation in the first instance. If more work is needed, I will roll that fee into the total cost of the work.

Full "ask me anything" Skype consultations can be just like coming to the office

Email help@law191.org

Frequently Asked Questions

My marriage is real, not a fraud

Of course it is. And the best way to show that is to involve family at every stage. At the wedding, with letters of support, and in the photographs you include with your application. Moms and dads, uncles and aunts don't get involved in immigration fraud.

Check my case status?

If you have a receipt number, then the status check tool on the USCIS home page should be your first destination. Sometimes it is not accurate - INFOPASS can help. And if everything seems lost, then you can make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Have I aged-out at 21?

If a "child" in your application has reached 21, all may not be lost. The CSPA may help. If you are a citizen, then a child immediate relative's age is frozen as soon as your application is in the system. Otherwise, work out how many days USCIS took to approve your case. Then add those days to the child's date of birth. And that gives you the "adjusted" birth date to use.

The Affidavit of Support

This requirement causes most people problems. You have to have income higher than the Federal Poverty Guidelines. If you need a joint-sponsor this explanation of the consequences of being a sponsor in California will probably help.

I have a Court hearing soon

If you (or the person with the hearing) is a child, feel free to call. Otherwise I'm sorry but I cannot help. You can check when your hearing is and your status by calling the EOIR hotline.

Can you help with my asylum or withholding?

I will talk with you about the merits of your case and whether you have other options. If you are in the Bay Area, your destination should be the Asylum Program at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.

Filing an I-130 for a family member

Before you pay money, either to the government or to a lawyer, be warned that some of the categories have long wait lists, and for some oversubscribed countries, that wait time is impossibly long. You need to consider both the date published in the Visa Bulletin, and how fast the date is moving forward. Here is one good online tool for checking when your date might become current.

I am a citizen. My spouse needs papers

If your spouse originally came on a visa, then you may be able to fix things in a few months and help him/her adjust status. If your spouse came across the border without inspection (EWI) then a waiver will be needed - and this is difficult but can be done. If your EWI spouse came here before age 16, then DACA and advance parole might let them adjust.

My EAD is expiring and my DACA renewal hasn't arrived

Did you file on time (120-140 days before expiry)? If so, call USCIS customer service. They may be able to help. Otherwise, beware of the advice you get. DACA is executive action, not a traditional immigration benefit.

About Me

I am a San Francisco Bay Area Immigration Lawyer - an attorney based in San Rafael, California. And I am an immigrant. I came to the United States in 2000. 13 years later I became a citizen. I am licensed to practice law in California. And I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA).

I speak fluent French, a little Spanish and Portuguese, and even less Kreyol.

law191.org is my private practice. I believe in access to law for everyone, so my fee scale is carefully designed to reach everyone. Think of me as a legal GP.

I am also the immigration attorney at the Brazilian Alliance in San Rafael. You are welcome to work with me through them if you prefer. The fee structure is the same. The quality of the service is the same.

I graduated with a JD from King Hall, UC Davis School of Law in 2012 and passed the California Bar later that year. At law school I was nominated for the Martin Luther King Jr Service Award for my work with long-term women prisoners in Chowchilla. My blog is here. I am also the creator of a web version of the Immigration and Nationality Act and of the ill-fated Senate bill for Comprehensive Immigration Reform..